An analysis of President Donald Trump’s tax records showed that more than 200 companies, special-interest groups and foreign governments have funneled millions of dollars to President Trump’s properties while reaping benefits from the president and his administration, The New York Times report.
Nearly a quarter of the entities have not been previously reported. The Times noted that organizations that had special interests reported spending $3.3 million on events at the club from 2017 to now, but the payments are not reported on Trump’s tax records.
Sixty companies who promoted specific interests to the Trump administration spent almost $12 million on expenses associated with the Trump Organization during the first two years of Trump’s presidency. The Times reported nearly all of these customers saw their interests move forward.
The Trump Organization’s customers included foreign politicians, Florida barons, a Chinese billionaire, a Serbian prince, clean-energy advocates, petroleum industry leaders, small-government advocates and contractors.
At least two dozen patrons who reserved events for 2017 and 2018 at Trump properties had interests involving the administration. The analysis also found that more than 100 companies that sought action from the federal government spent money at Trump properties.
The records and membership rosters for Mar-a-Lago and Trump’s golf club in Bedminster, N.J., also show how much money his business was making once he sat in the White House.
Being a member of his clubs also allowed leaders to get time with the president and his support, as he offered ambassadorships to five members and chose others for advisory roles in his administration.